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March 23, 2015 | by

Kingston is first city in Canada to launch life-saving PulsePoint app

KINGSTON, ONT./March 23, 2015 – Could you save a life? Kingston Fire & Rescue and community partners have made Kingston the first Canadian community to introduce PulsePoint – a free mobile app that is saving lives in more than 1,100 communities in the United States.

“Kingston is proud to be the first community in Canada to introduce this life-saving app, a great example of realizing our vision as a smart and livable city,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Creating a local partnership to introduce this technology was the first step, now we are calling on Kingstonians who are trained in CPR to download the app.”

Launched locally today, PulsePoint in conjunction with Kingston Fire & Rescues dispatch system will alert CPR-trained users through a free app, when someone in a nearby public place needs CPR. The app also shows alerted CPR-trained individuals where to find a public defibrillator if one is close.

LEARN CPR. DOWNLOAD THE APP. SAVE A LIFE.

 

“PulsePoint gives us the ability to alert trained public near the area that someone is in cardiac distress; they can then provide CPR until emergency responders can get to the scene,” says Fire Chief Rhéaume Chaput.

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He notes that Kingston’s large military and healthcare communities mean that we have a large number of citizens qualified to administer CPR.

The free app is available for download on Apple or Android devices (via your app store). You can also go to www.pulsepoint.org for more information.

“The cardiac surgeon said that I would have had brain damage or died after five minutes if the AED [automated external defibrillator] hadn’t been used,” says sudden cardiac arrest survivor, Chet Babcock, who is alive today thanks to his hockey buddies and a defibrillator. “Needless to say, I am a big supporter of AEDs.”

Babcock’s CPR-trained teammates, James McConnell and Casey Trudeau, administered CPR when he went into cardiac arrest at the INVISTA Centre. A third teammate, Mike Sears, went in search of a defibrillator. He found one with the help of Brad Amell, a volunteer firefighter who was in the foyer. They rushed back to administer the shock that likely restarted Babcock’s heart.

“Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of preventable death and we know there are 40,000 sudden cardiac arrests in Canada each year. That’s one every 13 minutes. PulsePoint is all about connecting those who are CPR-trained to save lives with those who need their help,” says Richard Price, PulsePoint Foundation president. Developed by Price, a former California fire chief, the app alerts its CPR-trained users if someone within 500 metres of them in a public place has called 911.

Making PulsePoint available in Kingston required a partnership that included Kingston Fire and Rescue, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kingston General Hospital, Queen’s University and Bell Canada, which provided the necessary telecommunications expertise.

Dr. Steven Brooks, an emergency physician and clinician-scientist at Kingston General Hospital and Queen’s University is the driving force behind the Canadian debut of PulsePoint in Kingston.

“Calling 9-1-1, starting CPR and using an AED are the most significant interventions a bystander can make when someone suffers a cardiac arrest, doubling the chances of survival,” says Dr. Brooks. “Currently, the out-of-hospital survival rate for cardiac arrest is just five per cent in Canada. We can do better than this, and our hope is that PulsePoint will increase bystander intervention and help save more lives.”

About the City of Kingston
The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada’s most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is supported by the Wireless Foundation, built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter.

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Kingston is the first city in Canada to launch PulsePoint. It’s a free mobile app that emergency responders can use to alert CPR-trained citizens that someone nearby is in cardiac arrest. Are you CPR-trained? Go to PulsePoint dot org to download the app on your Apple or Android device to start saving lives today.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462), or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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March 23, 2015 | by

Introducing PulsePoint: A new way to save lives in Kingston

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WHEN: 1 p.m. on Monday, March 23
WHERE: Front lobby of INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.
WHO: Mayor Bryan Paterson; Rheaume Chaput, Chief, Kingston Fire & Rescue; Chet Babcock, a cardiac arrest survivor; Dr. Steven Brooks, an emergency physician and clinician-scientist at Kingston General Hospital and Queen’s University and representatives from PulsePoint; Heart and Stroke Foundation; Bell Canada; Frontenac Paramedic Service and St. John’s Ambulance.
WHAT: Welcoming PulsePoint – a free life-saving app – to Kingston and Canada.

When Chet Babcock suffered a cardiac arrest, a stranger kept him alive during the crucial minutes between the call to 9-1-1 and the arrival of emergency responders.

PulsePoint is a free mobile app used by emergency responders to alert CPR-trained users when someone in a nearby public place needs CPR. It also shows CPR-trained individuals where to find a public defibrillator if one is close.

Widely used in the United States, Kingston Fire & Rescue is leading the effort to make Kingston the first Canadian city to adopt PulsePoint and start saving lives. Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of preventable death.

A number of community partners have signed-on to help encourage Kingstonians to get CPR training and download PulsePoint on their Apple or Android devices, including: the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kingston General Hospital, Queen’s University and Bell Canada.

Those with CPR training can find the app at www.pulsepoint.org.

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About the City of Kingston
The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada’s most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is supported by the Wireless Foundation, built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462), or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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January 25, 2013 | by

Emergency CPR Mobile App Could Save Lives

techvibes-logoCrowdsourcing is changing the way we handle digital information. It helps us distribute tasks, share photos, fund projects, and expand our professional networks.

Through a clinical trial in Toronto, one company is poised to take crowdsourcing in Canada a step further with a CPR app that could save lives.

The PulsePoint Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has developed the PulsePoint app to help victims who have gone into sudden cardiac arrest. The app alerts people in the area who have CPR training when someone nearby is experiencing a cardiac event.

Using the app, which is available for Android and iOS, 911 dispatchers will send out a message to users in the vicinity. If you have the PulsePoint app on your smartphone, you’ll immediately receive a notification, whether you’re in the grocery store, the mall, or even at a hockey game.

Read the full article by Taryn McMillan at Techvibes.

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January 15, 2013 | by

Queen’s University Leads Toronto Test of Life-Saving App

Kingston Herald ImageQueen’s University is teaming up with The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to test a potentially life-saving smartphone app called “PulsePoint” in Toronto.

The free app has been designed to notify people with CPR training when an emergency cardiac event is happening nearby.

Pulsepoint works in conjunction with the local 911 emergency service – as soon as they receive a call about sudden cardiac arrest, the app can be triggered to send out a text message reading “CPR NEEDED” to all PulsePoint users in the area simultaneous to emergency respondents also being dispatched to the scene.

Participants who receive the alert message can then access a map included in the app to show their current location and the location of the medical emergency.

The map also shows locations of public automated external defibrillators or AEDs. An AED automatically diagnoses issues, including arrhythmia, and uses electrical therapy to stop the arrhythmia.

Read the full article by Merideth Smith at the Kingston Herald.

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January 13, 2013 | by

PulsePoint set to begin Clinical Trial in Toronto, Canada

NIH Logo“Sudden cardiac arrest” occurs when someone’s heart stops beating unexpectedly. Each year, more than 45,000 Canadians have a cardiac arrest. A bystander can do three things to improve survival: Call 911,start chest compressions and apply a defibrillator. Together, these actions can increase survival by up to 800%. The problem is that bystanders to cardiac arrest only provide CPR in about 3 of every 10 cardiac arrest cases and AED use in about 3 of every 100 cardiac arrest cases. There are many people in the community who are trained and willing to provide help for cardiac arrest victims such as off-duty paramedics, fire fighters, nurses, etc. When a cardiac arrest occurs in the city, it is likely that one of these people is nearby, but unaware of the emergency. The PulsePoint smartphone application enables these people to be notified by the local emergency 911 service when there is a cardiac arrest near to them. It can be freely downloaded to several common types of smartphones. When there is a cardiac arrest emergency, all nearby PulsePoint users are sent an alert from the 911 service. When the phones receive the alert, they ring, vibrate and display a text message saying “CPR NEEDED”. The user’s current location and the exact location of the cardiac arrest are then displayed on a map. Nearby public access AEDs are also indicated on the map. The smartphone users can then go to provide chest compressions and use an AED while paramedics are on their way. A video at www.pulsepoint.org shows how this works. The objective of the investigators is to measure whether the PulsePoint smartphone application increases bystander CPR or AED use for victims of cardiac arrest outside the hospital. This project will happen in the City of Toronto. The investigators have a plan to get as many people as possible to download the application, focusing on health care professionals who know CPR. The investigators will set up a webpage that helps people download the software to their phone. The investigators will randomize 911 calls to have a PulsePoint alert sent or not. The investigators will use statistical analysis to measure whether sending an alert to a smartphone increases the chances of bystander resuscitation.

Sponsor
Queen’s University

Collaborator
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Principal Investigator
Steven C Brooks, MD MHSc

For complete information view the Study Detail at U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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